Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Chippewas Officially Begin Preseason Practice
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Under cloudy skies and amid unseasonably cool temperatures and intermittent rain, the Central Michigan football team officially began on-field preparations for the 2013 campaign with the first practice of its preseason camp.

With the showdown with Michigan in Ann Arbor looming just 26 days away, the Chippewas took part in the first of 21 preseason practices mid-afternoon, working out at Kelly/Shorts Stadium for just over two hours in shorts, jerseys and helmets. This morning, the players participated in conditioning testing.

“We had great energy and the condition test this morning went outstanding,” said head coach Dan Enos, who is in his fourth season at CMU. “We’re at good health right now and there is a lot of competition this year. For the first day, it went very well.”

One position that remains unsettled as preseason camp gets underway is quarterback. The three-way battle for the starting spot got off to a good start on day one, according to Enos.

“They all got the same amount of reps today. They all, at some point, looked really good. I’ll have to look at the film, but I thought Cody Kater looked really good. He was really good in the two-minute drill. Alex Niznak looked good. Cooper Rush had some moments too. They’re all very focused. Coach Watts has told me in the last 24 hours how they have all responded in meetings and they know what is at stake. As I keep telling them, whoever wins the job is going to have earned it.”

The Chippewas will practice one more day in shorts and then will wear shells (helmets and shoulder pads) for the following two practices. Full-padded practices will begin on Friday while the first two-a-day taking place on Saturday. The first of two preseason scrimmages is scheduled for Sunday. will provide regular coverage throughout preseason training camp. Fans can also keep up-to-date on preseason camp news and information through the official Twitter account of the Central Michigan football program, @CMU_Football.

News and Notes
Three jersey number changes to note for 2013: junior wide receiver Courtney Williams (#25 to #85), redshirt junior defensive back Denzel Wimberly (#18 to #20) and sophomore defensive back Kavon Frazier (#38 to #5) … after spending the spring at quarterback, senior A.J. Westendorp has moved back to tight end, where he played most of the 2012 season … redshirt freshman Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore made a similar move, switching back to running back after practicing at defensive back in the spring … senior linebacker Kyle Zelinsky practiced for the first time since suffering an injury versus Toledo in 2010 … Michigan State transfer defensive end Jeremy Gainer, who will wear No. 21 in 2013, was on the practice field for the first time as a Chippewa.